Awana Alumni Study Report Summary
The trends are troubling:
- Over half of all church-going teens abandon their faith after high school.
- As few as one in 10 possesses a biblical view of God and the world.
- Bible knowledge among college students has plummeted to all-time lows.
- The majority of children from Christian homes leave the church by age 19.
Unfortunately, these are more than mere statistics. They represent millions of young people around the country.
You might personally know young adults who have fallen away from God. Perhaps they attended your church, hail from your community, are friends of your children or even are part of your family. The crisis they face – and that churches and parents must confront – is all too real.
By contrast, most kids trained in Awana continue to faithfully follow Jesus as adults.
Awana alumni enter adulthood prepared to walk with Christ for life. That was the summary of a recent independent survey of alumni who participated in Awana as youth for six to 10 years. Our adult alumni were asked the same questions posed in a 2005 Baylor University survey that measured the beliefs and behaviors of churchgoers and the general U.S. population.
Results of the Awana and Baylor surveys showed a stark difference between the spiritual beliefs and practices of our alumni and the rest of America. Our alumni were found to be more devoted to God, His Word and their local church than even the nation’s most committed churchgoers.
Our survey results made clear why our alumni remain firm in their faith:
Consistent, long-term participation in Awana – accompanied by spiritual training from parents – reaps long-lasting results.
When parents and churches work together to teach God’s Word across kids’ formative years, they produce young adults marked by steadfast biblical faith and character. Awana calls these young people modern-day Josephs because they reflect the faith and character of Joseph from the Old Testament.